3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.3%) at 13,960 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,475 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 2.8%, General Motors ( GM), down 1.7%, Ford Motor ( F), down 1.1% and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation is up $1.10 (1.2%) to $95.60 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.30-$95.90 after having opened the day at $94.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.50.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Other, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $35.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is up $0.26 (1.0%) to $27.03 on average volume Thus far, 6.3 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.79-$27.08 after having opened the day at $26.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.77.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $47.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mondelez International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $76.01 on average volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.43-$76.33 after having opened the day at $75.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.57.

PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of snacks, carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, dairy products, and other foods worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $116.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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